• 1700 SW 7th Street, Topeka, Kansas 66606-1690
  • 785-295-8000

Health Classes

St. Francis Health is focused on the well-being of our patients and visitors. To provide the best patient experience, we have developed a number of educational classes and support groups covering a variety of health topics. We invite you to participate as often as you wish!

To register for a class online, simply click on the heading of the class. If you would prefer to register over the phone, please contact 888.365.0440 to speak to our call center. Calls are monitored for quality purposes. Additional questions can also be answered by emailing st.francisevents@sclhs.net.

Birthing/Maternity/Parenting Classes

Baby Basics (REGISTER HERE)

Learn how to bathe, diaper, swaddle and soothe your new baby. This class includes what to expect with a newborn the first few days and what to expect during your stay at the NewLife Center at St. Francis Health. This class also welcomes grandparents at no cost, with the enrollment of an expectant parent.

*To get to the class, please park in the parking garage located at 7th and Mulvane. Take the 2nd floor skywalk across to the 2nd floor of the hospital and follow the signs to the class.

Baby Safety (REGISTER HERE)

Learn how to use and install your child safety seat correctly, how to baby proof your house and keep your baby safe. Also learn the latest information on SIDS prevention. Grandparents are also welcome to attend at no cost with the enrollment of an expectant parent.

*To get to the class, please park in the parking garage located at 7th and Mulvane. Take the 2nd floor skywal across to the lobby area. From there, follow the signs to the classroom.

Baby's First Year Feeding & Wellness (REGISTER HERE)

Learn what, when, and how to feed your baby the first year and receive information on food allergies. Also learn what to keep in your medicine cabinet and when to call the doctor, how to take a temperature adn what to do when your baby is sick. Grandparents are also welcome to attend at no cost with the enrollment of an expectant parent.

*To get to the class, please park in the parking garage located at 7th and Mulvane, and take the 2nd floor skywalk to the lobby area of St. Francis. From there, follow the signs that direct you to the classroom.

Body Benefits Prenatal & Post-Natal Exercise (REGISTER HERE)

Keep fit during and after your pregnancy! This class is an hour of low impact aerobics with toning and strengthening muscles to help you prepare for your labor and delivery, and get you back in shape after delivery.Please bring a physician's/Nurse Practitioner's note for permission to exercise. 

*To get to the auditorium, please park in the parking garage located at 7th and Mulvane. From there, take the 2nd floor skywalk across to the hospital. Follow the hall to the end and turn right. 

Bonding with Your Baby (REGISTER HERE)

Learn techniques that will help build a stronger bond with your baby. These include infant massage, an introduction to baby sign language, "wearing"/carrying your baby, and developmental play activities to do together. Grandparents may attend also at no fee

To find the classroom, park in the parking garage located off 7th and Mulvane. Take the second floor skywalk across to the lobby area. Follow the signs that will direct you to the class.

Boot Camp for New Dads (REGISTER HERE)

This class enables expectant fathers to gain confidence in their new role, before bringing their baby home. Hands-on practice of baby care skills is a highlight of the class, taught by veteran fathers. Pizza slices and sodas will be available for a light dinner at no cost.

*To get to the class, please park in the parking garage located at 7th and Mulvane. Take the 2nd floor skywalk across to the lobby area of St. Francis. Follow the signs directing you to the classroom.

Childbirth Preparation (REGISTER HERE)

Prepare for the birth of your child by learning about labor, delivery and the tools and techniques available to you. A tour of the NewLife Center will be included. We recommend you take this class before the 36th week of pregnancy. 

*To get to the class, please park in the parking garage located at 7th and Mulvane. Take the 2nd floor skywalk across to the lobby area of St. Francis. From there, follow the signs leading to the classroom.

Great Expectations Sibling Class (REGISTER HERE)

This class helps prepare children becoming a big brother or sister with the changes a new baby may bring. Activities include viewing a short DVD, touring the NewLife Center and a light snack. Parent or adult family member must attend with child(ren). Please enroll each child and include their age and gender. There is no fee for additional children.

*To get to the class, please park in the parking garage at 7th and Mulvane. Take the 2nd floor skywalk across to the lobby area of St. Francis. From there, signs will lead you to the classroom.

Infant & Child CPR (REGISTER HERE)

This course teaches choking, rescue breathing, and AED to parents, grandparents, safe sitters and community members. Instructors are certified through the American Heart Association. This is the friends and family class. Registration is free for parents delivering at St. Francis, as well as safe sitter graduates.

*To get to the class, pleae park in the parking garage located at 7th and Mulvane and take the 2nd floor skywalk across to the St. Francis lobby. From there, follow the signs to the classroom.

Prenatal Breastfeeding Class (REGISTER HERE)

Learn breastfeeding basics, benefits and pumping information. Learn how to get breastfeeding off to a great start and how to avoid common problems. Grandparents are welcome to attend at no cost with the enrollment of an expectant parent.

*To get to the class, please park in the parking garage located at 7th and Mulvane. Take the 2nd floor skywalk across to the lobby area of St. Francis. From there, signs will lead you to the classroom.

Continued Care Exercise Classes

Aqua Lite - A shallow water workout that is easy to follow, easy on the joints and easy to access with ramp or stairs with handrail. At Great Life at the YWCA, 225 SW 12th Ave. Call 888-365-0440 to register.

Every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:15 a.m. to Noon at the YWCA (REGISTER HERE)

Big Moves - A whole body fitness class that focuses on putting big effort into every movement. Improve balance, coordination and endurance.

Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Health Sports Medicine Clinic (REGISTER HERE)

Cardio Express - Challenge yourself with fat burning intervals of strength and cardio for a total body workout.

Mondays at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Health Sports Medicine Clinic (REGISTER HERE)

Fridays at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Health Sports Medicine Clinic (REGISTER HERE)

Strength Basics - Learn basic resistance training using hand weights and specific slow repetitions to build strength in upper body, lower body and core as recommended by NIH & ACSM. Can be performed in a chair, as needed.

Mondays at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Health Sports Medicine Clinic (REGISTER HERE)

Tuesdays at 2:15 p.m. at St. Francis Health Family Medicine at Hunter's Ridge (REGISTER HERE)

Thursdays at 9 a.m. at St. Francis Health Sports Medicine Clinic (REGISTER HERE)

Yoga Gold - Learn yoga techniques to help you relax the mind and body, and improve strength and balance. Open to all levels, but geared for ages 60+. Can be performed in chairs and may include meditation.

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Health Sports Medicine Clinic (REGISTER HERE)

Yoga Pink - Designed for moms and babies and moms-to-be, but all ages are welcome. All students encouraged to practice at their own level.

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. at St. Francis Health Family Medicine at Hunter's Rdige (REGISTER HERE)

Yoga Rx - Gentle yoga focusing on relaxation, breathing and alignment practices which can decrease pain and alleviate many stress induced symptoms. Participants may bring their own yoga mat. 

Mondays at 2:15 p.m. at St. Francis Health Family Medicine at Hunter's Ridge (REGISTER HERE)

Wednesdays at 2:15 p.m. at St. Francis Health Sports Medicine Clinic (REGISTER HERE)

Yoga Works -  Increase strength, flexibility, balance and stamina. Beginners welcome but should consult instructor for proper modifications.

Mondays at 5 p.m. at St. Francis Health Family Medicine at Hunter's Ridge (REGISTER HERE)

Senior Spirit Classes

Basic Exercise - This is a basic exercise class with strength training and cardio components. It is a low impact class with modifications as needed. This class is free to attendees 65+. Participants may bring their own hand weights or resistance bands.

Tuesdays and Fridays from 11 - 11:45 a.m. at St. Francis Health Sports Medicine Clinic (REGISTER HERE)

Tuesdays and Fridays from 1 - 1:45 p.m. at St. Francis Health Sports Medicine Clinic (REGISTER HERE)  

Modified Chair Yoga - This is a modified chair yoga class. All levels are welcome to attend. Attendance is free for ages 65+.

Wednesdays from 1 - 1:45 p.m. at St. Francis Health Sports Medicine Clinic (REGISTER HERE)

Wednesdays from 11 - 11:45 a.m. at St. Francis Health Sports Medicine Clinic (REGISTER HERE)

Teen/Babysitting

Safe Sitter (REGISTER HERE)

This course is a nationally recognized program that teaches adolescents how to handle emergencies, how to play and redirect children with developmentally appropriate activities. Students will learn how to handle babysitting as a business.This class is for ages 11 to 14 years old. Parents or grandparents may attend the class for $25. Please call 888.365.0440 to register. (Limit 2 per class)

*To get to the class, please park in the parking garage located at 7th and Mulvane. Take the 2nd floor skywalk across to the lobby area. From there, follow the signs directing you to the classroom.